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Air crash in Cuba, President Trump’s words and we remember Cuba 1902

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We look at the air crash in Cuba and what it means about going to Cuba………….President Trump did not say that immigrants are ‘animals’……May 20 and Cuban history……James Stewart 1908-97……….Charles Lindbergh 1927…….Happy # 72 Cher…….Robin Gibb 1949-2012…………and others stories…………

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Source: Air crash in Cuba, President Trump’s words and we remember Cuba 1902 05/20 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts

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May 20, 2018 at 4:30 pm

Sunday’s video: Trump did not say that

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May 20, 2018 at 2:00 pm

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1873: Levi Strauss, Jacob Davis and “blue jeans”

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Another one of those 19th century American stories.

Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis joined forces in 1873:

In 1872, Strauss received a letter from Jacob Davis, a customer and tailor who worked in the mining town of Reno, Nevada. Davis reported that he had discovered canvas pants could be improved if the pocket seams and other weak points that tended to tear were strengthened by copper rivets. Davis’ riveted pants had proven popular in Reno, but he needed a patent to protect his invention. Intrigued by the copper-riveted pants, Strauss and his partners agreed to undertake the necessary legal work for the patent and begin large-scale production of the pants. Davis’ invention was patented on this day in 1873. In exchange for his idea, Strauss made the Reno tailor his production manager. Eventually, Strauss switched from using canvas to heavyweight blue denim, and the modern “blue jeans” were born.

And so we have women wearing “blue jeans”.       Thank you Levi & Jacob!


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May 20, 2018 at 7:00 am

So Cher is 72 today?

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She was born Cherilyn Sarkisian in El Centro, California in 1946.   We know her as Cher.    

In the 1960s, Cher and her husband Sonny, had a string of hits as Sonny & Cher.    

The couple moved to TV in the 1970s and then Cher followed that with a very successful solo career.

We hope that she is enjoying # 72.   Frankly, a lot of us can not believe that Cher is 72!


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May 20, 2018 at 5:45 am

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We remember James Stewart (1908-1997)

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We remember James Maitland Stewart who was born in Indiana, PA, on this day in 1908.

Stewart became of the greatest movie stars of the 20th, from “Winchester ’73” to “Mr. Smith goes to Washington” to “The Spirit of St. Louis” and more.

He died in 1997.   My favorite is “It’s a wonderful life” because it is such an inspirational movie and holiday classic:


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May 20, 2018 at 5:30 am

Another shooting and more calls to do something

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Another day and another school shooting.  Another day of calls to do something.

Do something like what?  This is what Jacob Sullum, senior editor at Reason magazine and nationally syndicated columnist, wrote about Governor Cuomo of New York and his calls to do “something”:

One reason Cuomo was not more specific may be that none of the usual gun control ideas seems relevant to the horrifying crime committed today.  The suspected shooter, a 17-year-old junior at Santa Fe High School, used a shotgun and a .38-caliber revolver, so clamoring for a federal “assault weapon” ban hardly seems appropriate (assuming it ever is).

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott told reporters the guns belonged to the suspect’s father, adding, “I have no information at this time whether the father knows the weapons were taken.”  Background checks, no matter how universal or comprehensive, cannot stop a mass shooter from using firearms purchased by someone else.  Nor can a higher purchase age for guns.

If the point of doing something is to make mass shootings less frequent or less deadly, it is not at all obvious what that thing should be.  But if the point of doing something is to flaunt your compassion and courage while differentiating yourself from those evil [b‑‑‑‑‑‑‑] on the other side, almost anything will do.


Do something?  Do what?  What new law would have stopped this?

All of these horrible incidents lead us to the same point: people want to do something, but they can’t tell you how that “something” would have stopped South Florida, the church in South Texas, or now Santa Fe.

Here is a simpler idea: enforce “gun-free zones” and hold school districts responsible for the consequences.

Isn’t there a “no guns allowed” sign on the door?  Is it too much for a parent to believe that the sign will be enforced?

Please stop talking about regulating guns and enforce the laws that we already have, such as “gun free zones” in schools.  Do whatever it takes, from metal detectors to spot bag checks.

Do something that actually works, not another political statement from Governor Cuomo feeling pressure from a leftist challenger.

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May 20, 2018 at 5:00 am

May 20: Thinking of my parents on this day

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We celebrate another anniversary of Cuban independence from Spain.  This is a good day to remember what my parents told me about Cuba.   

They recalled the elegance of Havana and how nice the country was. 

They never said that it was perfect BUT certainly not “the underdeveloped country” narrative that Castro & the left have been preaching for years.  

That was pre-Castro Cuba, as Mark Milke wrote:   

Of the many myths that some offer up about Fidel Castro’s Cuba, one tale is that despite Mr. Castro’s repression, he improved a few social programs.
Thus, in his statement on Mr. Castro’s death, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asserted “significant improvements” in Cuban health care and education under the totalitarian tutelage of Fidel Castro.
An inconvenient fact: Pre-Castro, Cuba was already better off than most Latin American countries on such indicators. 
Also, Mr. Castro’s rule knocked Cubans to the near-economic bottom of all Latin American countries, with subsequent negative effects on Cuba’s much-vaunted social model.

In other words, pre-Castro Cuba was a much better place to live than post-1959.


PS: You can listen to my show (Canto Talk) and follow me on Twitter.

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May 20, 2018 at 1:00 am